Previously Published Projects (2015 Jan to Jun)
May-Jun 2015
The Green House as Search

It is fairly unexpected, in the Singapore context, to hear an owner describe her
house as a “search.” In our sleekly professional architectural scene, few clients
or consultants would think to adopt an exploratory, research-driven method for
the design of a single-family house—even a relatively large one. There would
have to be a very compelling reason to justify, in the famous language of Louis
Kahn, such a “patient” architecture.

May-Jun 2015
Goodearth Malhar – Footprints

Group housing in India today is dominated by the real estate sector, rather than
initiated by communities that want to live together. However, living in communities
that are secure, comfortable and affordable as desired by occupants has been
largely lost in rapid urbanisation. The real estate response to a growing urban
population is mostly superficial, where the only considerations are the economics
and numbers.

May-Jun 2015
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve Extension

In recognition of its intrinsic richness of ecology and learning opportunities, the
completion of the redevelopment and extension of 31 hectares of the Sungei
Buloh Wetland Reserve—formerly known as the Kranji Trail—has strengthened
its biodiversity conservation and enhanced its status as a premier outdoor
learning and research centre.

May-Jun 2015
Another Park

An unprecedented move by the Indonesian government to convert part of
its private assets into a public area presented an opportunity for the design
team to reduce the ‘conflict’ between the two spaces. The project involved the
redevelopment and conversion of two annex buildings into parts of a park that
can be enjoyed by the community. The buildings share the site with a historical
town hall and regent residence, which houses government officials. 

May-Jun 2015
King George V School – Performing Arts Block

Buildings require space, especially when new structures are added. So when
space becomes a point of contention, the easy and convenient way is to clear
the site—sometimes this means clearing the existing plants or greenery. That
was not the case with this school in Hong Kong. The brief asked for a new state-of-
the-art performing arts block, designed to blend in well with the existing site
context, while responding to the school’s spatial needs as well as the demand
for an upgrade and expansion of the campus facilities.

May-Jun 2015
Institutional Category: A Juror’s View

Seeing such a rich collection of interesting projects for various categories in different parts of Asia rising up to different challenges in their respective contexts, we look for exemplary projects beyond environmental friendliness and architectural excellence.

May-Jun 2015
Socially-inclusive Development Category: A Juror’s View

Architecture in the Western world has been classically regarded as a branch of the plastic arts. The history of architecture in the Western tradition remains tied up to style, novelty, aesthetic and technical advancements. Issues of social equity, the processes of democratisation and citizenry, if they existed as serious issues at all, have been largely resolved through a series of urbanising and modernising forces that can be said to have been completed through social compact in the late 20th century.

Mar-Apr 2015
Going Low & Local
It is no surprise that hotels are among the top energy-guzzler building types in
the service industry and they contribute to 60 million tonnes of carbon dioxide
emissions annually due to ignorance and waste. The hotel industry serves
hundreds of thousands of visitors every day of the year. Here we look at two hotels’ attempts at treading the ground lightly on which they are sited via low-cost, low-impact and clever architecture.
Mar-Apr 2015
The firm’s client aspired to build a small eco-boutique hotel in the preserved scenic mountain region of Kunming, China as a prototype for potential ecotourism developments. This is the latest in the firm’s series of projects in the city that aims to achieve environmentally sensitive design and establish a benchmark for the future.
Mar-Apr 2015
Hotel by the Waterfalls at Ramboda
In the cloud forests of Sri Lanka, with an altitude of 6,000 feet in the serene hills of Nuwara Eliya, the Hotel by the Waterfalls cantilevers off the cliff to offer a glimpse of the famous Ramboda waterfall. The building nestles itself gently into the cliff such that a bulk of the building is unseen to passers-by. 
Mar-Apr 2015
Bangkok Tree House
Tucked in the wilderness of mangroves and palm trees in the Bang Krachao district of Thailand’s capital, also known as the Green Lung, the Bangkok Tree House aims to coexist in tandem with nature. Starting from a two-minute crossriver ferry ride from the pier at Wat Bang Na Nok on the Bangkok side, one would have access to the Tree House only by foot or bike. The owner and the architects spent six years completing the project that has been inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s Walden
Mar-Apr 2015
The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto
For a place as steeped in history and traditional beauty as Kyoto, designing and building a hotel that does not mar the landscape can be a daunting task. The project team behind The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto understood this and as such had one common goal—to make guests realise the natural beauty of Kyoto. Thus, the underlying principle of its architecture is to blend in with the surroundings as if it had always been there. 
Mar-Apr 2015
The New Resort; Urban versus Rural
The word resort conjures an image of rural or pristine locations. Resorts typically brand themselves as opportunities to connect with some form of authentic nature or with elements of rural culture, an escape from everyday urban life. Where
the resort caters mainly to holidaymakers, its urban cousin, the city hotel, is patronised by a mix of businessman or tourists. The difference in location and patronage has led to differentiation on many fronts.
Mar-Apr 2015
The Tent
Perched halfway on the terrace of a hill in Khanh Hoa, Vietnam is a structure that is visible only via its roof. Overlooking a river and surrounded by nature, The Tent offers an escape from city life—a spa that is part of a hot spring and mineral resort. 
Mar-Apr 2015
Son La Restaurant
Accessible only via a seven-hour car trip from Hanoi and surrounded by a vast landscape of untouched forests and mountains, investors are looking to develop Son La into a potential tourist destination, with the hope that it will contribute to
the economic growth of the area. Son La Restaurant was thus conceptualised—the first facility to a new hotel complex that will be built in the near future, and will eventually include a café, supermarket, exhibition area and an office. 
Mar-Apr 2015
Golden Holiday Hotel
The design of the Golden Holiday Hotel is a direct and visible response to the tropical condition. The hotel sits on a linear, narrow-fronted site—8.5 metres by 22 metres—coping with a linearity that is common in Vietnam. This linearity, combined with a desire to tap on natural ventilation and daylight, became the key drivers for design.
Mar-Apr 2015
Wellness by Design
Many hotels and resorts tackle the question of well-being through design. Beyond the obvious presence of a spa, wellness centre or medical facility, the question asked is “what if the hotel’s architecture and interiors are designed in such a way as to promote wellness?” 
Mar-Apr 2015
Saffire Resort
Healing a site or landscape might not always be part of the design and built process but in the case of Saffire Resort, it can help restore the site to its previous condition before the man-made damages. This Tasmanian resort sits on a disused caravan park—scarred from its previous use—and it aims to repair and interpret the distinctive qualities of the location. Facing the Great Oyster Bay and the Hazards—a mountain chain—its manta ray form is strongly influenced by its location and is evocative of the coastal land form, blending in with the environment. 
Jan-Feb 2015
Split House
Located in Footscray, Victoria, the Split House is a major renovation project and an addition to a typical inter-war period house in the western suburbs. As is common for most houses in the said period, it had a deep floorplate compounded by numerous additions and modifications, contributing to an antiquated layout and an extreme lack of natural light and ventilation. From an old-fashioned style, the house has been transformed into a contemporary work of eco-friendly architecture. 
Jan-Feb 2015
Goodwood Residence
As a small country with limited land resources for residential developments, Singapore faces the challenge of maintaining a fine balance between preserving the green areas of the city state while accommodating a growing population. As nature and buildings struggle with shared spaces, a residential project shows how both can have a happy co-existence. Goodwood Residence sits on a 20-hectare site, sharing a boundary with Goodwood Hill conservation area.
Jan-Feb 2015
Constance Street Public Housing
Developed as part of the Green Square master plan for the redevelopment of old Brisbane City Council bus depot, Constance Street Public Housing was done in collaboration with the Brisbane City Council community and it included the co-location of the council with affordable housing. This created a central zone with services that benefit the tenants and the community in general as the services are readily accessible.  
Jan-Feb 2015
Eco Space Townhome and Clubhouse
The Eco Space project of SL Estate has been developed in three different locations—Kaset-Nawamin, Kaset-Nawamin 2 and Bangna-Wangwaen. The concept of the three townhome developments embodies different styles but all encourage an eco-friendly lifestylefrom the project master plan and building orientation (to reduce solar heat gain) to the surrounding greenery that provides an environment close to nature.
Jan-Feb 2015
Mongkok Residence
With a population density of 130,000 people per square kilometre, Mongkok, a neighbourhood in Hong Kong, is one of the most densely populated places on the planet, and was once rated as having the highest population density in the world, according to the Guinness World Records.
Jan-Feb 2015
Langkawi Home
A British couple looking for a second home decided to settle on the island of Langkawi in Malaysia. With a keen interest in having a home that reflects Malay architecture, they requested for a timber house to be built among the rice fields. Building with timber is a traditional craft in the region but the clients were reluctant to cut down trees for the house as increased demand for timber has affected its supply, with mature trees often chopped down for construction.
Jan-Feb 2015
House for Trees
House For Trees is a residential project located in a vacant lot in Tan Binh district, Ho Chi Minh City, where many small houses are crowded together. Built within a budget of US$155,000, it attempts to serve as a prototypical house to rectify the situation of diminishing greenery, increasing vehicular traffic and congestion leading to heavy air pollution the city faces, by way of its landscaping strategy, should it be replicated on a wider scale. 
Jan-Feb 2015
Hut to Hut
As tourism grows in India, it becomes more challenging to see that it develops in a more environmentally conscious way, especially in more idyllic, rural areas. On a 14-kilometre beach in this hotspot, a team of experts, students and volunteers was formed to combine science, technology and activism to create locally anchored products that would help administer sustainability on all levels. It is from this objective that Hut to Hut prototype was developed.
Jan-Feb 2015
Shunya: Prototyping India's first Net Zero-Energy Building
Self-reliant buildings are the need of the hour; they do not require an external power source, generating electricity mostly from a stockpile of renewable sources of energy, thereby fractioning current global electricity demand, and refraining from being energy guzzlers. Taking action around the world, half a dozen think tanks are making efforts to facilitate buildings that could function as self-sufficient entities.
Jan-Feb 2015
Keio Co-Evolving House
As the technology of eco-houses improves dramatically, the underlying expression in design between social factors and environmental systems will continue to be a crucial theme in architecture. This is highlighted in Keio Co-Evolving House, a project that explored the potential of technologies that can be integrated into an architectural form.


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